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The mystery of the England national team system

England U20 World Cup Winners

Look at the England under-17s, one of the premier teams in the world. This year, England won the under-19 and under-20 European Championships and World Cup respectively this past summer. Once again, hype and optimism surrounds the national setup. Does this feel familiar? Read More »

Moldova 0-2 Wales: five things we learned

It was a night full of anxiety. For 80 minutes, Wales’ World Cup dreams hung in the balance. Predictably, another moment of magic from the man who gifted Wales three points against Austria just days ago saved Welsh blushes. Ben Woodburn’s brilliance and more; here are five things we learned. Read More »

England 2-1 Slovakia: three talking points

England once again strengthened their grip on Group F as they successfully disposed of their nearest rivals, Slovakia. A 2-1 win was enough to all but confirm the Three Lions automatic qualification for next years World Cup. Barring a slip up in their last two games, England will secure top spot in Group F. Read More »

Netherlands: What’s happened to l’Oranje?

Fans protesting at the Netherlands match

After last Thursday, it’s fair to say the fortunes of these historically great footballing nations have turned. France’s embarrassment of riches in every position is in full view now while the Oranje vine looks to be running dry. But it wasn’t like always this. The Dutch team has been a factory where some of the most graceful players in history ... Read More »

France 0-0 Luxembourg; Talking points.

In a shocking turn of events, Euro 2016 finalist France were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Luxembourg. France’s opponents were a team ranked 136 in the world and all the stars of France still couldn’t break them down over 90 minutes. Luxembourg’s keeper Jonathan Joubert made numerous saves to thwart France’s star-studded attack and the European minnows ... Read More »

Wales 1-0 Austria: five things we learned

Aaron Ramsey

Wales were seemingly heading for another qualification ending draw against Austria on Saturday, but a moment of divine intervention set the Dragons right back on track. Here are five things we learned from the crunch qualifier as Ben Woodburn shone, and Chris Coleman’s tactics changed the game. Read More »

Three players who shouldn’t have made the latest England squad

Last week Gareth Southgate announced his provisional squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. The squad includes a list of 28 players with three debutants in Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford and Nathaniel Chalobah. Apart from that, notable subtractions come in the form of Theo Walcott through choice and Danny Drinkwater & Michail Antonio through injury. Read More »

Reading sign Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

Icelandic forward, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was a key player at the 2016 European Championships. He played a key role in the infamous game that knocked England out of the tournament. Not only for that game alone but the tournament in general, Bodvarsson put on a good display. Read More »

The pre-season tournaments are about to get under way

It’s come to that time of year again where we’re reminded that the new season is around the corner. But for those of us who still can’t wait, it still feels like a lifetime away for the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Around about now players will have been on their mid-summer holidays and have returned back to their clubs. ... Read More »

Gold Cup nations you may not know: Nicaragua

Nicaragua has an explosive history in the political sense. Unfortunately, not so much when it comes to international football.

This is the fourth and final piece in a series on Gold Cup nations you might not have known existed. If you missed the posts on Curacao, French Guiana, and Martinique, they can be found here, here, and here, respectively. Now, however, it’s Nicaragua’s turn. Read More »

Gold Cup nations you may not know: Curacao

Curacao is one of four tiny CONCACAF nations featuring in this summer's Gold Cup that may be unfamiliar to many football fans.

On July 7th, the CONCACAF Gold Cup’s 14th edition will kick off. The United States has hosted the biannual tournament since 1991, on the odd occasion co-hosting with Mexico and Canada. The US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Canada, Jamaica, Panama, and perhaps El Salvador should all be nations with which everyone will be familiar in general, if not footballing terms. ... Read More »

What we extracted from the Confederations Cup Final

In the final of the 2017 Confederations Cup, it was the World Cup champions Germany who went toe to toe with Copa America holders, Chile. The two best teams in the tournament gave us a final worth remembering as Germany secured a precious 1-0 win over their cross-continental rivals.   Read More »

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